spoiler

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n spoiler a hinged airfoil on the upper surface of an aircraft wing that is raised to reduce lift and increase drag
    • n spoiler an airfoil mounted on the rear of a car to reduce lift at high speeds
    • n spoiler someone who pampers or spoils by excessive indulgence
    • n spoiler someone who takes spoils or plunder (as in war)
    • n spoiler a candidate with no chance of winning but who may draw enough votes to prevent one of the leading candidates from winning
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Spoiler A device attached to a car to decrease lift and increase traction, usually shaped as a flat surface and attached above the rear of the car, and working on the same principal as the aircraft spoiler{3}.
    • Spoiler (Aeronautics) A device attached to the wing of an airplane or other airfoil, which breaks the smooth flow of air during flight and decreases the lift of the airfoil; -- used to control the attitude of the airplane during banking or descent.
    • Spoiler One who corrupts, mars, or renders useless.
    • Spoiler One who spoils; a plunderer; a pillager; a robber; a despoiler.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spoiler One who or that which spoils. A plunderer; a pillager; a robber.
    • n spoiler One who or that which impairs, mars, or decays.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Spoiler one who spoils, a plunderer
    • ns Spoiler a corrupter
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Quotations

  • Charles Lamb
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    “Borrowers of books --those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Same as above word.

Usage

In literature:

France, Spain, Poland, and Bavaria allied themselves with the spoiler against Maria Theresa, who sought the aid of England.
"Heroes of Modern Europe" by Alice Birkhead
But the greedy spoiler came, and behold, stranger, what he made it!
"Manco, the Peruvian Chief" by W.H.G. Kingston
Of all our spoilers this has been the most destructive.
"Scottish Cathedrals and Abbeys" by Dugald Butler and Herbert Story
The spoiler had seized his prey; the sun was fled, what was this world to me!
"Posthumous Works" by Mary Wollstonecraft
The supposed burning of the cathedral at La Guayra had been merely a ruse to get rid of the spoilers.
"Across the Spanish Main" by Harry Collingwood
Either they had not yet been missed, or else their rescuers had not found out the direction which the spoilers had taken.
"Stories from English History" by Hilda T. Skae
Behold the worm that gnaws away the bravery of a nation and makes it a prey for the spoiler!
"Shoulder-Straps" by Henry Morford
The spoiler spoil'd, from empire hurl'd, The dread and pity of the world!
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 57, No. 351, January 1845" by Various
Have you got a wood spoiler you can trust?
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
I met her, Belmour, when the royal spoiler Bore her in triumph from my widow'd home!
"Jane Shore" by Nicholas Rowe
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In poetry:

But told was her secret on many a leaf,
While cold was the hand that conveyed it --
In lines that were broken and blotted with grief,
Where Death, a pale spoiler! betrayed it.
"The Hidden Name" by Hannah Flagg Gould
"What care we?" declare the spoilers.
"We have ample for to-day!
Other ages, other toilers -
Let them suffer as they may.
Let the nation's hope be killed,
That our bellies may be filled!
"In Time" by C J Dennis
I had not known you, too, were dead, my sweet, until to-day;
I wondered that no footstep came to strike fire through my clay;
But glad I am to know that Time the Spoiler never set
Mark on the flower of your face, Margaret.
"The Dead Lovers" by Nora Jane Hopper Chesson
Ah, precious tears, and each a pearl,
Whose price—for so in God we trust
Who saw them fall in that blind swirl
Of ravening flame and reeking dust—
The spoiler with his life shall pay,
When Justice at the last demands her Day.
"To Belgium In Exile" by Sir Owen Seaman
There's not a strain to Memory dear,
Nor flower in classic grove,
There's not a sweet note warbled here,
But minds us of Thy Love.
O Lord, our Lord, and spoiler of our foes,
There is no light but Thine: with Thee all beauty glows.
"Third Sunday In Lent" by John Keble
He came, the Strong, the Terrible, whose face the strongest fear,
(O world, behold thy Spoiler spoiled, the Stronger Man is here)
He came, the Loved, the Loveliest, whose Face the Saints desire,
To be his Fellow-pilgrim thro' the water and the fire.
"Brevi Tempore Magnum Perfecit Opus" by Digby Mackworth Dolben

In news:

Those are some of the greatest movie mysteries and some of the most maddening spoilers of all time.
COLUMBIA — A rollout rocked the national championship picture, and a Big 12 title game spoiler was born.
Spoilers for tonight's "Sons of Anarchy" coming up just as soon as I say things in smaller doses.
Spoiler alerts for anyone who has not see Breaking Dawn.
In a turbulent region the stateless Kurds play the role of spoiler.
Where is the "spoiler alert" warning.
The season has come down to this for the Tennessee Titans: They take the field for the final time as spoilers.
In this DVR society we live in, it has become more important than ever to understand that providing spoilers to your favorite TV shows is now considered a major crime to humanity.
Thank you to College Humor.com for spelling out the new spoiler rules.
Recent news and coverage of Spoiler Corner.
I was a little irked at first but then I got to thinking, what are the rules when it comes to spoilers .
Garza playing the spoiler .
Time to embrace spoiler role.
Denis Leary Reveals Possible 'Rescue Me' Finale Spoiler .
"X Factor" 2012 Spoiler Alert: Top 16 Revealed.
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In science:

Here, Spoiler first selects some ys+1 ∈ V (Hs) \ V (Hs+1). (This set is non-empty since s < rk H1 .) Let Duplicator reply with xs+1 .
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Thus Spoiler can win in at most l further moves by Lemma 2, having made at most s + l ≤ k − 1 moves in total.
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Spoiler selects all vertices in V (Hs ) \ {ys}.
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We will design a strategy allowing Spoiler to win the 0alternation Ehrenfeucht game on (G, H ) in at most the required number of moves.
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If C has no more than c vertices, Spoiler selects all vertices of C .
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